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Grateful Dead Live at Berkeley Community Theatre on 1972-08-25

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Grateful Dead Live at Berkeley Community Theatre on 1972-08-25

Set 1

Cold Rain And Snow
Black Throated Wind
He's Gone
Beat It On Down The Line
The Frozen Logger

El Paso
Black Peter
Jack Straw
Friend Of The Devil
The Promised Land
Bird Song
Playing In The Band

Set 2

Truckin' ->
Jam ->
The Other One

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Berkeley Community Theatre
Location Berkeley, CA

Source SBD -> Master Reel -> Dat (48k)
Lineage Dat (Sony R500) -> VXPocket v2 -> Samplitude Professional v10.1 -> FLAC
Transferred by Charlie Miller


-- Disc change is seamless
-- Thanks to Rob Eaton for lending me his Dats
-- Set 2 tape runs out at the end of The Other One
-- Bobby starts Weather Report Suite Prelude as Set 2 tape runs out


Reviewer: ApproximateMan - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 26, 2015
Subject: Black Peter
A powerful first set of mostly dark songs about death. Black Peter is where it's at.
The Sun it go up and then the Sun it go down brothers and sisters.
Reviewer: Brontis - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 5, 2013
Subject: Superior to Veneta. Sorry
The band is overall in better form than at the celebrated Veneta show 2 days following. Immaculate version of Black Peter. First-rate Cold Rain and Snow. Jerry (guitar) is in top form this evening--which is not the case _throughout_ Veneta (sorry).
Other One jam (unfortunately truncated) covers same jazz-Dead ground (how wonderful it was in '72) as Veneta DS, but preferred because driving rhythm of the Other One provided for superior improvisational platform for the band than DS, IMO, during this period.
I have always thought that Veneta was overrated in the sense that it was not the 'greatest GD concert ever'. Yes, a great show -- as were practically *all* 72 shows -- but not superior to some of the other shows during this period, notably, the Thursday Stanley (9-28), and, I might add, this show.
A strong case can be made that 1972 was the peak year for GD. I have strong preferences for the sound of the band earlier (specifically early 69 and later 1970), but the band was at their most polished in 1972, and the musical taste of the band had not yet started to erode. Nothing in these 4 hour concerts was in poor taste. The worst one could say is that "I don't want to hear Mexicali Blues" or something similar. But outside of minor grievences like that, these concerts were beautiful things from start to finish. I was lucky enough to see 5 concerts from this post-Europe 72 period. The Veneta did not excel those shows. It was as good as some of them, perhaps superior in some regards to some, but not the best of late 72. Listen to this show and compare.
Reviewer: clementinescaboose - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 4, 2012
Subject: Take'er easy there
I would certainly not go as far as to claim this is better than the legendary Veneta, not even close actually. Veneta's versions of Bird Song and Playin' alone are far superior those played this night. However this is a very nice show and one I will be returning to many times. Definitely a powerful Truckin>Other One sequence, too bad the tape runs out :(
Reviewer: rschwz28 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 5, 2011
Subject: four and a half stars
Have to agree with gvtmule about a fast FOTD being better than a slow "dirge arrangement."

Minus half a star for Donna's "contribution" to an otherwise beautiful PITB
Reviewer: erik65 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 26, 2011
Subject: "From Marin County, The Grateful Dead"
Love the intro, and the onstage banter. Lots of time tuning between songs, sometimes though. Very clear vocals and well balanced and with stereo separation. Nice Betty Board; too bad it's not complete.
Reviewer: gvtmule - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 26, 2011
Subject: FOTD
mrlloyd is right on with the Friend Of The Devil comments. I love the tune. It was one of the first songs I dug before I really got the band. SO much better than the dirge arrangement IMO. The tight, rock'n'roll Dead is right up my alley. Hearing Bob's guitar mixed properly is a rare treat. Bear apparently knew what he was doing. I don't see how you could do better than the sound on this. Ah, to have seen this lineup in a theater...
Reviewer: ILoveJerryGarcia - - August 25, 2011
Subject: Review
The Frozen Logger was also played at Red Rocks in '85.
Reviewer: mrlloyd - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 6, 2010
Subject: wow
This is really a pristine quality recording of an excellent show. the mixing is gorgeously done, with just a few times where the vocals get hot when the band gets excited on Jack Straw, etc.

But Bob does really cool guitar work on Friend of the Devil (may be the best one I've heard, certainly up there) and it's mixed really nicely and isolated so you can hear it.

Overall, a top tier recording and performance!
Reviewer: BIG_R - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 25, 2010
Subject: 8-25-72
Wonderful. I've got both the Bertha(Jay Ashley) and Charlie Miller versions of this Betty board. They both sound just wonderful. Performance is exellent.
Reviewer: oh_uh_um_ah - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 25, 2008
Subject: The GRATEFUL DEAD "Live" August 25, 1972 at the Berkeley Community Theater, Berkeley California, U.S.A.
#############_"Smokin'_72_GRATEFUL DEAD Show"

I highly recommend adding this show to your 1972 GRATEFUL DEAD collection. I did.

5 Star Performance
5 Star Recording
5 Star Mix

Well rehearsed and performed. Filled with magical moments throughout. It doesnt' sound like a show with high-energy and out-of-control excitement, it sounds like a show of composure, focus and intensity. Except for "Bertha" where Garcia forgets the lyrics, oh of those versions.

Phil takes a two and a half minute bass solo at the end of "Truckin'" that takes us into "The Other One".

Get it while you can, get it while it's free, get it now or you'll be sorry.

Eat, Drink, Be Merry and Listen to the GRATEFUL DEAD.

Thanks for the Love.

"Merry Christmas, folks"

PS: The Internet Archive recommends RealPlayer for streaming and downloading, and you can watch live performances of the GRATEFUL DEAD at

What will these kids think of next?
Reviewer: spinyn - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 18, 2008
Subject: Lovely sounding recording!
I, too, had an Owsley encounter at this show because he got me in free backstage. I was working in the Federal Halfway House where he came fresh outta the joint because I had refused induction and was doing two years of alternate service.

Wonderful to relive this night, the conclusion of a great run and the show before the famous one in Oregon. Nice to have more of it surface and then get the CM treatment!
Reviewer: Dr.Unclear - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 18, 2008
Subject: Sounds amazing!
What an amazing find... if Eric's comments below are accurate, this is truly some long lost gem (i don't know the history).

This source sounds incredible, period. There are some minor crackles here and there but overall it's full and balanced... its like Jerry is singing into my ear through my headphones. Incredible stuff! If you haven't already, head to the torrent sites and pick up the lossless version. Well worth the hard drive space!
Reviewer: secret8476 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 17, 2008
Subject: frozen logger?
Ok - so - scannig the new new testament (deadbase) - the last time this song is slated as having been played was 10/21/71 and was only played 6 times total between 6-6-70 and 10-21-71.
Now, far be it from me to criticize any tape or recording that people do here - it's all such wonderful work. But i am wondering why this set list- complete up til The Other One in Deadbase, has no mention whatsoever of the Frozen Logger being played here?
Also, at least on this version here, the source sounds quite different than the rest of the show. Its much quiter then the rest of the set.
Is it possible this song does not belong to this set list?

Om a side note - a song i barely ever consider giving much mention to - BIODTL- is pretty rockin on here. Love the banter before hand.
Reviewer: Evan S. Hunt - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 17, 2008
Subject: Built For Comfort
Wow! Best show of 1972, but I do not believe it. According to my own eyes, the only tape that exists in the Vault is the partial reel that has only half of the first set.

Regardless, I vividly recall this as being my personal favorite show (that I attended) for many years. Listening to it now makes me shift my allegiances back again. Everybody raves about the 8-27 Veneta, and that's a great show, but I think this one is superior. Everything about the sound and performance depicts a band at total ease and in their most creative groove.

I do not know the accuracy of the story, but supposedly there was a mixup. Bear was fresh out of prison and not completely up to snuff on the GD's protocol and procedure. Betty thought Bear was handling it and Bear thought that Betty was handling it and somehow, while packing up for the tour that afternoon, they forgot to include enough 2 track tape for the machines for that night.

Now, I see this????? I don't believe it, unless Bear recorded it on his own machine and gave the tapes to Betty who threw them out and Rob Eaton came up with them? This mystery is in sore need of an explanation, but alas...

'Twas a very special night for me. The tickets I got sat me directly next to Bear while he mixed the front of house. The man was in particularly good cheer that night and very cordial, and we chatted before, during (at break) and after the show about mixing sound. In that one night he taught me and showed me more about live audio mixing than I have learned in the past 35 years. What he taught me I still practice to salubrious result.

The band was well-rehearsed and firing on all cylinders. The acoustics were absolutely immaculate. Bear was "the" master at mixing and he got the vocals sounding at their very peak that night. You could hear every nuance of every syllable and the band sang harmony with extreme command.

Times have certainly changed and now when I go to a Dead-related show I go early, wait in line and dash to the mosh pit in front of stage, but, at the time, in 1972, I was 22 and sitting on top of the world. I was one of those mysterious Dead Heads who liked to sit down in an assigned seat. I was...
Reviewer: DarkStar1972 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 17, 2008
Subject: SICKO
let me be the first to thank charlie for this sicko update and the new songs as well:-)
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